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Supreme Court crisis: CJI Dipak Misra meets four judges again but chill remains

Sources told The Indian Express that the meeting of CJI Misra with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph was held in the premises of the Supreme Court in the afternoon and lasted for more than an hour.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2018 11:40 am
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Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four senior judges who had publicly raised the issue of rostering of cases in the Supreme Court had their longest meeting Wednesday since the standoff began nearly two weeks ago but to little avail.

Sources told The Indian Express that the meeting of CJI Misra with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph was held in the premises of the Supreme Court in the afternoon and lasted for more than an hour.

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Justices A K Sikri, D Y Chandrachud and U U Lalit, sources said, were also present at the meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting, sources said, was called at the initiative of the Chief Justice and was the first one this week. Sources said that “there was nothing at the meeting to term as concrete progress other than the time that the meeting took.”

There is no word on the proposal put forth by four judges and the meeting appeared to be more an attempt to “placate” the four, sources said.

It is believed that with three other judges joining the meeting, the matter continues to be a cause for concern for all judges in the Supreme Court even if they differ in their opinion on how to resolve the impasse.

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On Tuesday, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and NCP leader Tariq Anwar had said that Opposition parties are “considering” the option of bringing an impeachment motion against the CJI. They argued that this was the “only way” to investigate goings-on that were evidently worrying the four seniormost judges having led to their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

If a motion (requiring the signatures of at least 50 MPs in Rajya Sabha or 100 MPs in the Lok Sabha) is filed in either House, it would be the first against a Chief Justice of India.

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  1. Egg Head
    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    The chill was discernible in today's Delhi temperature in the morning.-was it spread!? effect
    1. Suresh Shah
      Jan 25, 2018 at 4:14 pm
      CPM should stop all this tamasha - the CJI is to retire in 6 months - let him do his work in his way
      1. S
        Jan 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm
        Only solution is to bring contempt of SC against teh gang of four for making baseless allegations against CJI at the behest of their political masters and sacking them by the president of India. Other option is NDA should call joint LS/RS meet and pass impeachment motion against the four crooks who are upset that they are not getting 'lucrative' cases to 'judge'. This should be viewed against current case of Soia/Raul in national herald, Sikh riots and upcoming Ayodhya case where the gang of four want to manipulate the outcomes as dictated by their political masters. If Lallu moves SC and these four have to decide, he will go home smiling as 'clean' man as these four are suitable for such outcome! Impeach th egang of four and save the independence of judiciary!
        1. Egg Head
          Jan 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm
          How do you say, 'baseless allegations', coming from 4 senior-most judges' mouth. We don't know why are they peeved.
          1. LALITANAND P
            Jan 26, 2018 at 4:57 am
            Need not be so degrading and insulting. They took a brave step to bring the matter to the notice of the nation. They are aware of consequences. Respect their efforts to save the dignity of the Super Judiciary Of The Country.
          2. Suresh Shah
            Jan 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm
            if allegation is to be taken serious - then Justice KANAN - had written a letter to the PM with names of corrupt judges - much before this press conference - do the judges agree that CBI should investigate the corruption charges as again a HC judge is not less then a SC judge
            1. A
              Jan 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm
              The initiative shown by the cji to resolve the issue is welcome. The matter better be resolved within the judiciary. The four senior judges of the sc going to public with their difference of opinion with the cji was unprofessional and smacks of hidden agenda. If the cpm led opposition presses for impeachment of cji, the parties having different view might impeach the rebel four judges.
              1. Egg Head
                Jan 25, 2018 at 9:15 pm
                No case of Impeachment-post 1950- has gone the whole hog.
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